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(L to R): Elizabeth Summers, and her twin sisters, Josephine & Genevieve Kalile.

Elizabeth Summers Bequest
    In 2010 a charitable bequest of $30,000 was given by Elizabeth Summers to the Iowa-Grant School District in honor of her two older, twin sisters – Josephine and Genevieve Kalile – who both attended the Platteville Normal School and became rural school teachers. 
    Upon receiving this monetary gift, the Iowa-Grant School Board decided that a portion of the money would be used annually to reward the top 10% of the 5th grade class with a certificate and monetary award, as determined by their performance on standardized tests and on the recommendation of their teachers.
    Elizabeth Summers (1918-2008) was born in Fennimore to a farming family.  Her parents, John and Rose Kalile, had emigrated from the country of Lebanon.  Elizabeth met her husband, Norbert Summers, in LaCrosse.  She worked as a secretary/receptionist at a business in LaCrosse for thirty-four years.
    When Elizabeth died, her Trust made gifts totaling over $1.1 million.  In addition to the Iowa-Grant bequest, the Summers Trust made gifts to a number of other public schools plus, among others, the Boscobel Health Care Foundation, Fennimore Community Scholarship Foundation, Great Rivers United Way, UW-Platteville Foundation and Caritas Lebanon Catholic Charity.



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2018 Elizabeth Summers Award Winners
Left to Right - Recipients :  Linnea Elg, Jacob Phillips, Dawson Reid, Fred Skaife (IGEF), Lakyn Holman, Lucas Christianson and Bret Connolly.


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2017 Elizabeth Summers Award Winners
     Front Row (left to right):  Recipients Rylee Stecklein, Madisen Crow, Landon Wetzel, Sophie Volenec, Adriana Jelle, Kaden             Lindner, & Conner Dowell.
     Second Row (left to right):  Kyle Reimenapp (IG 5th grade teacher), Paulette DiVall (IGEF Board Chair), Jessica               Sigg (IG 5th grade teacher)


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2016 Elizabeth Summers Award Winners
      L to R - Hope Connolly, Griffin Albaugh, Kenadie Munson, Elizabeth Volenec, Caitlyn Wetter and Ivy Lindner.